– Detroit opens the season Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena against the Buffalo Sabres, their new Atlantic Division rival.
— The Wings face their first former Western Conference opponent when they host Phoenix on Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m.).
— Detroit faces the Stanley Cup runner-up Boston Bruins twice in the first month of the season (Oct. 5, 7 p.m.; Oct. 14, 1 p.m.). Both games are in Boston.
— The Wings host their first former division rival, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m.).
— Daniel Alfredsson will face his former team, the Ottawa Senators, on Oct. 23 (7:30 p.m.) at Joe Louis Arena. He’ll make his first trip to Ottawa, where he had played his entire career before signing a one-year deal with the Wings on the first day of free agency, on Dec. 1 (5 p.m.) His second trip to Ottawa will be Feb. 27 (7:30 p.m.).
— Detroit makes it’s only trip to Western Canada starting Oct. 30 at Vancouver, then hit Calgary (Nov. 1), Edmonton (Nov. 2) and Winnipeg (Nov. 4).
— Valtteri Filppula returns to Joe Louis Arena as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 9 (7:30 p.m.).
— Stephen Weiss will face his former team, the Florida Panthers, on Dec. 7 (7 p.m.) at Joe Louis Arena. A couple days later, Dec. 10 (7:30 p.m.) he plays at Florida, where he had played his entire career before signing a five-year deal with the Wings on the first day of free agency.
— Detroit hosts Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 14 (7 p.m.).
— The Wings’ first game with the Maple Leafs will be in Toronto on Dec. 21 (7 p.m.).
— Detroit will take part in its second Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. The game will be at the Big House in Ann Arbor against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
— The Wings have a pair of five-game road trips on the schedule, the longest of which is from Jan. 4-16. They play on the road in Dallas (Jan. 4, 8 p.m.), San Jose (Jan. 9, 10:30 p.m.), Los Angeles (Jan. 11, 10:30 p.m.), Anaheim (Jan. 12, 8 p.m.) and close at the New York Rangers (Jan. 16, 7 p.m.).
— The Wings’ first game with Montreal will be at Joe Louis Arena on Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m.).
— Detroit’s first of two games with long-time rival Chicago Blackhawks will be at Joe Louis Arena on Jan. 22 (8 p.m.). The Wings travel to face the defending Stanley Cup champs on March 16 (7:30 p.m.).
— The league will also shut down for two weeks this season so players can participate in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. They will break on Feb. 9 and return to play Feb. 26.
— The Wings end the season on April 13 on the road against former division rival St. Louis at 2 p.m.